LINDA ALOYSIUS

 

Linda Aloysius’ research and practice are intricately interwoven and combine intuitive, hands-on making with rigorous intellectual enquiry. She develops ‘Morphological Activism’(1), an approach that recognises the unique potential of sculpture as a powerful and playful medium capable of combatting and transforming structural inequalities. Her focus is on building and deploying sculpture in ways that combat class inequalities enforced by ‘the middle-class gaze’, which she sees as dominant and normalised within art institutions, and which engenders the marginalisation of working-class women’s creativity within the realms of art and cultural production. 

 

Aloysius works in several stages, beginning by responding to fragments and materials that ‘call out’ to her from the urban landscape, gathering them and carrying them to her studio. This stage is followed by an intensely intimate, somatic reading of the materials, their lived histories and latent potential, before Aloysius can work with them to build the ‘New Model Army’ of figurative sculptures. During the building process, the sculptures continually assert their differences and desires, insisting that Aloysius work with them as equal. When the works are upright able to be transported, the artist then distributes and activates the army by temporarily situating the sculptures in researched public sites selected for their political significance and transformative potential. Aloysius then photographs, films and writes in response to this moment, generating multi-layered, trans-disciplinary and inter-textual ‘Fieldworks’ which she exhibits and publishes in appropriate sites and situations at international level. 

 

The artist’s approach draws from her love of hands-on, three-dimensional making and her doctoral research into Luce Irigaray’s interest in the transformative potential of morphology as “patterns of relationships between forms” (Irigaray, 1985), which Aloysius maps in relation to historical and contemporary examples of women sculptors’ and activists’ approaches involving flattening and fragmentation of woman’s image. Aloysius develops the potential in and between such works, which position women’s bodies and psyches as battleground and / or as being ‘on the front line’, but which also evoke larger, visionary processes of overcoming of embodied inequalities.

 

In 2020, photographs and writing from her recent, major Fieldwork ‘New Model Army: Morphological Activism and Working-Class Single Mothers (2018-19)’ will be published in the book ‘Feminist Activisms and Artivisms’, edited by Dr Katy Deepwell and published by Netherlands based publisher Valiz. In January 2018 Aloysius’ was awarded her PhD Art by Goldsmiths College, University of London. From 2017 - 2018, Aloysius undertook a year-long residency in the Ryder Project Space, APT Gallery, developing her major Fieldwork ‘New Model Army: Invisible Labour: 2017-18’. This Fieldwork comprises a large body of newly built figurative sculptures, numerous site-specific, sculpt-photographic and video work,  a public-facing gallery talk with Dr Alexandra Kokoli and the publication of her sculpt-photographic works, along with her writing, in international peer-reviewed journal ‘Feminist Review’ (November, 2018).

 

In 2017, the artist created the Fieldwork: ‘New Model Army: Land Operation: Silver Road’, reviewed by leading feminist critic, curator novelist and poet Cherry Smyth. In 2016, her research into women’s inequalities generated her review of ‘The Fallen Woman’, an exhibition curated by Professor Lynda Nead for the Foundling Museum, London. Aloysius’ review was published as the article ‘Not Fallen but Felled’ in peer reviewed journal Museological Review (April, 2016). In the same year, she received one of her two Goldsmiths College Research Support Awards to develop an exhibition investigating inequalities relating to family structures, which was held in Goldsmiths Women’s Art Library, with a panel talk lead by key speaker Dr Nina Power. In 2015, she was invited by Something Human to exhibit her work and speak as panellist withartist Lynne Lu and Professor Carmine Pariante, Kings College, London. 

 

Aloysius lectures on her practice and research in international and UK art institutions and universities. In 2017 she was invited to give a public talk about her practice and research at Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT), Lisbon. This was followed in 2018 by invitations to speak about her practice and research at Durham University, Middlesex University and Central Saint Martins and, in 2019, she accepted an invitation by Girlhood Gang to contribute her research to the development of new feminist theories of girlhood, at Glasgow University. She has also produced numerous seminars and papers exploring issues such as ‘screened oppression’ (2), ‘the middle-class gaze’, ‘embodied marginalisation’, ‘intimacy’, ‘motherhood’, ‘invisible labour’, ‘gender (re)-construction’ and ‘intra-racism’.

 

Linda Aloysius is Senior Lecturer and Module Leader at University of East London and Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, UAL. 

 

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(1)     Aloysius formally introduces this term in her Fieldwork ‘New Model Army: Morphological Activism and Working-Class Single Mothers (2018-19)’, in the book ‘Feminist Activisms and Artivisms’, edited by Dr Katy Deepwell and published by Valiz (upcoming 2020).

 

(2)     The artist formally introduces the term ‘screened oppression’ in her doctoral thesis for which she was awarded her PhD by Goldsmiths College, University of London, in January 2018.

 

 

CV

 

Lives and works in London.

 

Education  

          

2018: PhD Art (practice based): Goldsmiths College, University of London

2013: P.G. Certificate in Management of Teaching and Learning (HEA)

2003: MFA Fine Art: Distinction: Goldsmiths College, University of London

1995: BA Fine Art (hons): First Class: Manchester Metropolitan University            

 

Fieldworks


2019: Behind Tate Modern, Morphological Activism and Working-Class Single Mothers       

2018: With My Body, I Heard the Silenced Song of an Unknown Woman|Con il mio corpo, ho sentito la canzone silente di una donna sconosciuta: Vicolo dell' Amore,           Italy

2017-18: Invisible Labour, Creekside, London

2017: Land Operation, Silver Road, London

2015: La Commercial Woman: Carrer del Rec, Barcelona

 

Curated Exhibitions


2016: Reproductive Labour | Parenting Beyond Patriarchy: Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths College, London

2012: Jam (1): Gender & Language: The Sugarhouse, Bow Church, London

2011: Model Vs Reality: Fold Gallery, London (co-curated with Alexis Harding)

2008: Feminista Mistah: AVA Gallery, East London University, London

2002: Shift: site specific project, 38 Ommaney Road, New Cross, London

                  

Solo Projects + Exhibitions    


2018: New Model Army: Invisible Labour, APT Gallery, London

2016: "F" is for Fragment, V22, London

2012: New Model Army: Madder 139, London

2009: For Pretty Things Go Elsewhere, Grey Area Gallery, Brighton       

 

Group Projects + Exhibitions


2019: Diversity: Credit-Suisse, Canary Wharf, London             

2016: Reproductive Labour | Parenting Beyond Patriarchy (Part 2): Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths College, London

2015: Couldn't Care Less: A Cross Cultural Live Art Project, Deptford Lounge, London

2013: Object Abuse: Spinach Gallery, London

2012: Jam (1): Gender & Language: The Sugarhouse, Bow Church, London

2011: A Piece of Paper: Madder 139, London 

2011: Model Vs Reality: Fold Gallery, London

2010: Inspired by Soane: Sir John Soane's Museum, London

2009: Gam/Dong/(Feel/Move): Art Village, Gohan-Sabuk, South Korea

2009: About Women: CCCB - Centre of Contemporary Culture Barcelona

2008: Feminista Mistah: AVA Gallery, East London University, London

2008: Routemaster General: Zabludowicz Collection, London (curated by Michelle Williams-Gamaker)

2006: Linda Aloysius, Alexis Harding, Warren Neidich: Andrew Mummery Gallery, London

2004: Flea Market: Temporary Contemporary, London

2003: Boutique: Two-person site specific project, 118 New Cross Road, London. Curated by Kirsten Lyle

2003: Made in UK: Arch Gallery, Islington, London

2003: Infallible: APT Gallery, London. Curated by Roxy Walsh. Touring: Hatton Gallery, Newcastle (2005), The Arts Centre, Huddersfield (2004), Mead Gallery,                   Coventry (2003)

2002: Shift: site specific project, 38 Ommaney Road, New Cross, London

                   

Residencies          


2017-18: Ryder Project Space: APT, London

2016: Artist in Residence: Futuro House, London

2009: Artist in Residence: Gam-Dong (Feel-Move), Art Village, Gohan-Sabuk, South Korea

 

Press + Reviews  

   

2017: 'Linda Aloysius: To Keep Standing' by Cherry Smyth

2012: 'Linda Aloysius, New Model Army', Re-Title.com Featured Exhibitions

2012: 'A New Approach to Femininity', Seoul Art Guide

2012: 'Linda Aloysius, New Model Army', Paul Carey-Kent, Paul's Art World

2012: 'Linda Aloysius, New Model Army', Kostas Prapoglous, REVma -/+ 

2009: Exhibition Catalogue, Gam/Dong Public Art Project      

 

Artist Publications 


2020: (Forthcoming) New Model Army: Behind Tate Modern: Morphological Looking and Morphological Space Making: Working Class Single Mothers: in ‘Feminist                 Artivisms and Activisms’, edited by Dr Katy Deepwell, published by Valiz, Netherlands

2018: New Model Army: Invisible Labour (2017-18), Feminist Review Issue 120, Currents, November 2018, pp, 122-129  

2016: 'Not Fallen but Felled': Museological Review, Issue 20: The Global Microphone, April 2016,  pp.63-70 

2005: 'The Rules of The Shop'. Co-authored with Tegan Aloysius, In Search of The Real George Elliot, edited by Roxy Walsh, Article Press ISBN 1-873352 83-2   

                   

Talks and Research Papers Presented


2019: ‘When Girlhood is Motherhood: The Desiring & Creative Gazes of Working-Class Single Mothers’, Girling Feminism:Towards New Theories of Girlhood, Glasgow           University, 14th May, 2019                  

2018: '(Im) Personification in the Making of New Model Army', Personification Across Disciplines, Durham University, 17th - 19th September, 2018

2018: 'Morphological Activism', Feminist Artivisms and Activisms, Middlesex University, 2nd July 2018

2018: 'Invisible Labour', In Your Own Time: On the Production of Body and Time under Capitalism, Central Saint Martins, 25th May, 2018

2017: 'Intimacy and Post-Internet Cities: Art + Women's Dirty Work in the Digital Age', Post-Internet Cities, MAAT, Lisbon, 26th May, 2017

2016: 'Parenting Beyond Patriarchy', Reproductive Labour | Parenting Beyond Patriarchy (Part 1), Goldsmiths College, University of London, 9th May, 2016

2015: Un-themed: Goldsmiths PhD Research Symposium, Goldsmiths College, University of London, 234r-24th November, 2015

2015: 'Reproductive Labour, Motherhood and Art', Motherhood: Couldn't Care Less: A Cross Cultural Live Art Project, Deptford Lounge, London,7th November, 2015 

2015: 'We and "We": A Feminist Analysis of The Economics of Care', Comparing We's: Community, Cosmopolitanism and Emancipation in a Global Context, Centre             for Comparative Studies, Faculty of Letters, Lisbon University, Portugal, 8th-9th October, 2015

2011: 'Irigaray's "To"', First Global conference: Gender and Love, Mansfield College, University of Oxford

2010: 'Notes on a Phallus', Goldsmiths College Research Symposium: New Notes on Sculpture: In/Out, Shake it All About:Artists, Objects and Ontology, Goldsmiths           College, University of London

2009: Guest interlocutor for Young-In Hong, Goldsmiths College Research Symposium: (Im)Materiality, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2009: Artist-led debate with local female mining community, Gam/Dong Public Art Project, Gohan-Sabuk, South Korea

2008: 'Criticality's Crisis of Institutionalisation', Art Relations - Revisiting Crucial Concepts, Freie University, Berlin, Germany

2008: 'Other Artists', Fine Art Frameworks II: Contemporary Practices, Theories and Curatorial Strategies, Jerwood Space, London                    

 

Artist Talks


2018: Linda Aloysius in Conversation with Dr Alexandra Kokoli: APT Gallery, London

2017: APT Gallery, London

2012: Contemporary Art Society, London

2012: Slade School of Fine Art, London

2011: Department of Art and Architecture, K College, University of Greenwich

2011: School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University

2008: AVA Gallery, University of East London

 

Project Funding + Awards


2017: Ryder Project Space, APT, London

2015: Research Support Award: Goldsmiths College (Conference Convenor)

2009: Artist in Residence: Gam/Dong/(Feel/Move): Public Art Project, Gohan-Sabuk, South Korea: Funded by Mecena Korea+High1 Resort, Korea

2008: Research Support Award: Goldsmiths College (Travel to Berlin)

2005: New Work Award (Visual Commission): Arts Council Heritage Lottery Fund

1995: Artist Project Sponsorship: Gabriel & Co., Birmingham

 

Current Lecturing 


2018-present            BA Fine Art: School of Architecture and Visual Arts, University of East London: Senior Lecturer and Module Leader

2011-present            BA Fine Art: Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London: Associate Lecturer

2011-present            MA Academic Practice, Teaching & Learning Exchange, UAL: Associate Lecturer and Personal Tutor 

 

Postgraduate Lecturing


2013: MA Fine Art: Specialist Masters Workshop: Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University: Visiting Lecturer and Workshop Leader

2012: MFA Graduate Sculpture: Slade School of Fine Art, University College London: Visiting Lecturer                

2011: Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art, Royal Academy Schools: Visiting Lecturer

2008: MA Fine Art, University of East London: Visiting Lecturer

2006-07: MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London: Teaching Assistant (Fixed Term)

 

Undergraduate Lecturing


2012: BA Fine Art: School of Architecture and Visual Arts, University of East London: Senior Lecturer and Module Leader

2012: BA Fine Art (Painting), Camberwell College of Art: Cover for 0.5 Permanent Staff

2012: BA Fine Art, University of East London: Cover for 0.4 Permanent Staff

2012: BA Fine Art (Top-up), K College, Greenwich University: Visiting Lecturer

2011: BA Fine Art, Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa University: Visiting Lecturer

2008-09: BA Fine Art Studio Practice, Goldsmiths College, University of London: Teaching Assistant (Fixed Term) 

 

Affiliations


2013-present            Fellow of The Higher Education Academy 

2015-present            Contemporary Art Society: Artist Member (by invitation)